A 99-YEAR-OLD man was burgled just three days before his 100th birthday in Chelmsford.
Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the distraction burglary.
Between around 1pm and 3.30pm on Thursday, 12 April, an unidentified woman gained entry to a property in the St Anthony’s Drive area of Moulsham, Chelmsford, by giving the impression that she was a carer.
The woman then asked for payment for caring services from the resident, and whilst he was distracted, stole an envelope containing £3500 in cash.
The resident is a man who was 99-years-old at the time of the crime, born on the day the Titanic sunk.
The unidentified woman suspect is described as being around 30 years old, of medium build, around 5’5” tall, with dark hair and wearing a coat.
A friend of the resident said: "I don’t know how the person responsible for this can sleep at night. Our friend is such an amazing and strong man who does not deserve to be stolen from like this a few days before his 100th birthday.
“It’s not the money as much as what they’ve done to his sense of safety and security. I also want to warn other people about crimes like this, because I'm sure that our friend won’t be the last person to be targeted."
DS Alex Spurr said: "This is a wicked crime targeting a frail man, who has been left in considerable distress and confusion.
“Detectives are desperate to find the woman responsible, and I would ask anyone who saw a woman matching the description in the St Anthony’s Drive area of Moulsham during the time in question, or who has information about this crime, to contact CID at Chelmsford, where the investigating officer is Dc Joanne Scutchey, on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”